Thursday, September 15, 2011

Samsung Diamond League season 2 ends in Brussels Friday...

BRUSSELS, Belgium--Season two of the Samsung Diamond League comes to an end with the Belgacom Memorial Van Damme meeting, with several Samsung Diamond Trophies up for grabs.

Though the race is not part of the Samsung Diamond League finals (it was last week in Zurich), Jamaica's Usain Bolt asked meet organizers to add a 100 meter dash to the meet, and the current face of the sport got his request.

"I'm really looking forward to this", he said. "I really want this world year best and I feel good. I think I have it in me to run the fastest time of the year. The track in Brussels is simply excellent ", the triple Olympic champion of Beijing said. It is Bolt's fourth participation in the Memorial.

University of Washington alum Aretha Thurmond (left/photo by Paul Merca), who missed the finals in the discus in Daegu, is still in the running for the Samsung Diamond Trophy in her event, as she currently is in third with 6 points, just behind Yarelis Barrios of Cuba at 10, and event leader Nadine Muller of Germany at 11.

Thurmond will also face world champ Li Yangfeng of China, and Olympic champ Stephanie Brown Trafton.

At the Memorial Van Damme, Samsung Diamond League meet points are doubled, with the scoring 8-4-2 for the top three finishers.

Former Husky Ingvill Måkestad Bovin is entered in the women's 1500, while ex-Cougar Ebba Jungmark is in the women's high jump.

The start list for the Belgacom Memorial Van Damme is available here.

Meanwhile, Washington State alum Bernard Lagat will compete in the Great North City Games in Newcastle, England on Saturday.

The Great North City Games is an exhibition “street games” track meet pitting the United States versus Great Britain and Northern Ireland in select track and field events, which includes the mile, 100m hurdles, two-mile, 100m, 150m, pole vault and 110m hurdles.

Lagat will run in the mile.

The USA Track & Field release announcing the lineup is available here.

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